SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The College of the Canyons Athletic Hall of Fame committee has announced the 2011 class of inductees, which includes the 1993 state championship men’s golf team, former women’s basketball player Kyetra Brown, former football player Mike Herrington, former women’s soccer player Kristine Marbach and former football player Isaac Sopoaga.
“This year’s inductees are very diverse in what they have accomplished at COC and in their careers,” dean of athletics and physical education Len Mohney said. “These inductees are role models for our current student-athlete population as proof of what can be accomplished through hard work. I am proud to be honoring them as the 2011 class.”
The four individuals and the golf team will be honored during the Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Guests of the dinner will have the honor of enjoying keynote speaker Joe Kapp who was a quarterback at Hart High School, the University of California, Berkeley and in the NFL. Kapp spent four years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and Boston Patriots and stood up to the league in an antitrust case that helped form today’s NFL contracts.
The 1993 men’s golf team was the first squad to win a state title in the men’s golf program.
Women’s basketball player Kyetra Brown was one of the most talented point guards to don the Cougar uniform. Brown, who played on the 1994-95 and the 1996-97 team, was the conference player of the year and All-State both seasons she played. She is also a member of the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Mike Herrington had his early beginnings as a member of the Cougar football team from 1976-77 and went on to become a pillar in the Santa Clarita Valley football community. He is in his 22nd season as the head coach at Hart High School and has led the team to six California Interscholastic Federation titles.
Women’s soccer player Kristine Marbach was the first Cougar to earn All-American status in the women’s program. She still holds records as the all-time leading scorer, career-goal and single-season goal leader.
Defensive end Isaac Sopoaga was the first Cougar to earn the Western State Conference Player of the Year award in 2000 and has been a six-year veteran with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. His 31 sacks as a freshman at COC still stands as the single-season record in California community college football.
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